Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that a bid for Alexis Sanchez was met with a firm rebuttal by Arsenal who refuse to sell the Chilean at any price.
The striker, who is currently on holiday after helping his country win the Copa America Centenario, had been pinpointed by the Italian giants as a possible replacement for Alvaro Morata following the Spaniard’s return to Real Madrid.
Reports claim that Juve’s bid was as low as £34 million – laughably low in a market awash with cash.
“Sanchez is a great player, but Arsenal told us they have no intention of selling,” he told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.
“Arsenal said that the Chilean attacker is non-transferable and that he is not on the market.”
You don’t need to have been a private detective in Victorian-era London to have figured that out on your own.
What we don’t know is whether Sanchez has been contacted directly by the reigning Serie A champions or if he’d have welcomed a return to Serie A where he spent five years with Udinese.
Alexis is due back in London in a couple of weeks. Given he suffered a nasty injury to his ankle in the Copa final it’s not yet clear whether our new number 7 will be in a position to challenge for a place in the Arsenal squad for the start of the season.